Christopher Swingle í17 A Door to Opportunity
Thursday, February 23, 2017

The one word Christopher Swingle í17 uses to describe Culver-Stockton College is ďopportunity.Ē Swingleís story starts out not unlike other college students. However, it is remarkable because he is a true example of taking advantage of every opportunity, even those that are unforeseen. As one door closed, Swingle decided to open another door, which ended up being the one to his future.

Swingle is one of 13 children from Blue Springs, Mo., is a senior majoring in business and finance. He came to Culver-Stockton College on football and academic scholarships. As a freshman he played as quarterback and was awarded All Conference. His second year on the football team he was captain, then two weeks into the season he was injured. ďMy injury was eye opening, and almost a blessing in disguise,Ē says Swingle. Walking away from football forced him to become more active in other areas.

Seemingly, it appeared that a door was closing on Swingle, but he heard opportunity knocking elsewhere. ďI always got decent grades in high school, but I was 18 years old, football was my focus,Ē says Swingle. He is grateful for all of the opportunities to be involved in things on campus. He is an on campus tutor and works for the Admission Office as a tour guide. The connection students have with C-SC alumni is one that Swingle believes is so important. ďIím so grateful I am here. I could have played football anywhere, but the networking I have been able to do at Culver-Stockton College has opened up so many more opportunities,Ē says Swingle.

Swingle has opened this new door in his college career and is profoundly active on campus and in the community. He was the 2016 Commencement Junior Marshal. He is a member of the business organization Enactus and a member of Sigma Beta Delta and Alpha Chi honor society. Swingle was selected as one of 28 recipients of the 2016 Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship Award Program. He maintains a 4.0 GPA at Culver-Stockton College while participating in many campus and community activities.

Swingle is the president of the Food For Thought, a volunteer driven program. Weekly, volunteers pack food bags for school aged children (K-5) in the community, to ensure that they are getting food to eat on the weekend. He is in a leadership position in Love Your Melon, a national fundraising organization that sells apparel, which proceeds go towards providing hats for children with cancer and funding cancer research initiatives.

Swingle decided that when he started Culver-Stockton College, he was going to make every credit hour count. He has taken a full course load every semester, and said that once he started C-SC he just felt a drive that he hadnít before. He is excited about his chance to participate in C-SCís fall 2016 travel study to Belize and Guatemala. He decided wait to participate in the travel study program to focus on graduating early, and by doing so banking his earned travel study money so that he could travel for little to no money.

Swingle took advantage of C-SCís career fair, securing not only an internship for the summer of 2016 but also securing a job upon graduation. His goal in 10 years is to own his own business, possibly dealing with real estate. He is excited to take the things he has learned on ďthe HillĒ and his internships and get into the real world. He is a great example of the possibilities of taking advantage of every opportunity.